United Kingdom, 2023 – MEA Markets magazine is excited to announce the winners of this year’s African Excellence Awards, which recognises the remarkable achievements across various African sectors.
Marked by innovation and adaptability, Africa has established itself as a formidable force in numerous industries, influencing and enhancing various fields.
Now in its sixth year, the African Excellence Awards are a source of excitement and diversity. This year’s program showcases many businesses, from those excelling in destination management and international tourism to leaders in branding, design, high-end property management, fire protection, environmental consultancy, and even an exceptional ice cream parlour.
Among the distinguished winners, this year is Eiffel Corp (PTY) Ltd, which has been honoured as the ‘Best Education Software Solutions Provider 2023 – South Africa’. This award highlights their outstanding contributions and innovations in the field of educational technology.
On the eve of the announcement, Awards Coordinator Kaven Cooper shared his thoughts: “It’s an honour to work with such a diverse group of companies that consistently demonstrate excellence. Each winner, including Eiffel Corp, has uniquely contributed to their respective fields. I congratulate them all and wish them continued success in the future.”
For more information about the awards and the outstanding professionals recognized, visit MEA Markets’ website at http://www.mea-markets.com/ to view the winners’ supplement and the complete list of awardees.
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Moodle is delighted to announce Eiffel Corp, a leading provider in modern learning solutions adapted for African contexts, as our newest Moodle Certified Partner in South Africa. This partnership is a significant milestone in Eiffel Corp’s mission to empower institutions and address the challenges in education in South Africa and other parts of Africa.
Eiffel Corp CEO, Stefan du Plessis, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, saying, “Officially becoming a Moodle Certified Partner will assist us in our mission to empower institutions with affordable, cutting-edge solutions that foster student success. As a Moodle Certified Partner, we will continue to strive to support institutions to make a positive impact on the lives of students, educators, and communities, enhancing learning experiences and creating a more equitable and prosperous future for all.”
Education in South Africa faces substantial challenges, including issues related to access and equity, infrastructure, resource constraints, quality assurance, pedagogical shift, curriculum relevance, assessment and credentialing, faculty development, policy and regulation. However, these challenges also offer numerous opportunities for digital learning, open educational resources, customised learning, and mobile learning. They also provide avenues for workforce development, entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration.
Eiffel Corp specialises in offering extensive Moodle services, addressing all facets of Learning Management System (LMS) requirements. Their services range from custom Moodle LMS implementation and hosting to technical support, training for Moodle administrators and educators, maintenance and updates, data transfer solutions, and consultation and strategy services.
Some of the prominent success stories highlight Eiffel Corp’s impact in South Africa’s education sector. U-Learn is a learning and development program for staff members within the group and communities around Halfway Group Holdings’ businesses. They sought a more efficient and engaging way to train their over 2,000 staff members. Eiffel Corp implemented a responsive learning management system that enabled U-Learn to develop and deliver blended courses effectively.
University of Venda was unhappy with the reporting feature and cost of its previous LMS, so it sought a more suitable solution. Eiffel Corp’s Moodle-based Digikamva LMS addressed these issues, facilitating a complete migration from the previous LMS to Digikamva LMS without disruption to students.
In the case of Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the need for a digital transformation, including an LMS for an integrated remote, online, and on-campus learning experience. Eiffel Corp’s Digikamva LMS provided BUAN with an open-source, cloud-based LMS and the necessary training to ensure successful adoption.
About Eiffel Corp
Eiffel Corp, is an education technology company which combines global expertise with a deep understanding of South African needs to develop innovative, empowering, and highly contextual Moodle-based learning solutions. With a strong history of providing expertise in the specialised area of LMS implementation, digital content development, and change management, Eiffel Corp hopes to continue to empower educators and learners across South Africa and beyond.
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As a leading player in the African education technology sector, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Stefan du Plessis as the new Chief Executive Officer of Eiffel Corp. This leadership change was shared on Monday, the 4th of September 2023. Over the last 25 years, Eiffel Corp has only ever had two CEOs. Therefore, this transition is a pivotal moment in our journey to further our growth and expansion initiatives across Africa and beyond.
Stefan is a seasoned professional within the company and has been promoted from within to assume the CEO role. With his extensive experience in the African Higher Education space, Stefan brings a deep understanding of the EdTech landscape and a visionary approach to lead Eiffel Corp into a new era of success.
Under Stefan’s leadership, we will continue our commitment to excellence, innovation, and accessibility in education. Building on the solid groundwork established by our leaders, Stefan is poised to lead us to even more significant achievements across the African continent and globally. As we stand at the cusp of new opportunities and growth under Stefan’s guidance, the future of our narrative continues to look promising.
Driving Growth and Expansion in Africa and Beyond
Stefan is taking the reins to grow Eiffel Corp’s footprint across Africa and internationally. This move is a natural progression of our unwavering commitment: delivering cutting-edge, affordable solutions to educational institutions and ensuring students thrive.
“Stefan du Plessis’s appointment as CEO is a testament to our commitment to fostering talent within our company. His deep understanding of our values, goals, and the unique challenges of the EdTech industry will undoubtedly accelerate our journey towards creating a positive impact in education,” said Andre Van Der Merwe, Eiffel Corp’s co-founder.
Our Focus: Innovation and Impact
Stefan expressed his enthusiasm to leverage Eiffel Corp’s inherent strengths, pushing the boundaries of educational technology and related services across the continent and beyond. We believe his leadership will further bolster Eiffel Corp’s legacy of providing high-quality educational solutions.
“I am honoured and humbled by this opportunity to lead Eiffel Corp as we embark on an exciting phase of growth and expansion. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions that empower learners, educators, and institutions across Africa and beyond,” remarked Stefan.
Our Eiffel Corp team is thrilled to welcome Stefan as the new CEO, and we are confident that his strategic insights and leadership will continue to drive our company’s success.
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Eiffel Corp partnered with CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa as an associate sponsor of the seventh annual Future of Education Summit. Hosted virtually for the second year in a row, the summit took place on Thursday, 29 July 2021.
The event brought together experts from 25 countries across the world, in an attempt to answer whether education needs to be redefined – during and post pandemic. And if yes, to what degree. Various panel discussions tackled different topics within the theme, “Redefining the Purpose of Education.”
The event started with an opening address from Rakesh Wahi, Founder of the Future of Education Summit and Co-Founder of the ABN Group. Mr. Wahi shared key thoughts on the impact of Covid-19 on the global education sector, raising the question of whether the current pathway for academic progression is relevant to the future.
Our Director of Digital Learning Services, Myles Thies, had the opportunity to join in on an important discussion relating to “Technologies Transforming the Face of Education.”
The following message was aired to introduce thoughts and set the context for this panel discussion: “The transformation brought on by the covid 19 pandemic globally across all industries is likely to continue. While edtech, online teaching, and learning became more prominent in the education sector, both the strengths and weaknesses of online education have been exposed. As the world moves out of the shadows of the pandemic, a blended learning model is most likely to emerge and last into the future. The technological trends most likely to shape the face of education include artificial intelligence, hybrid course models, data-driven student analysis, open education resources, quality virtual learning, big data, blockchain, gamification, robotics, and the Internet of Things, and 3d printing.”
Fifi Peters, Anchor at CNBC Africa, facilitated the conversation. She opened in agreement on the several technologies that are transforming the face of education and then raised the important question of “how many of them are applicable for an African setting.” The panel was joined by Prof Dan Atkins, group CEO of the Transnational Academic Group, Dr. Felix Panganayi (Founder and Director at the Windsor School of Excellence in Science and Technology in Zimbabwe), Dean McCoubrey, (Founder at My Sociallife), and our very own Myles Thies (Director of Digital Learning Services).
While the discussion was focused on transformational technology, an important focus was placed on the gaps that exist within the education sector. From lack of access to data to digital literacy, there was a general consensus that not all institutions were on the same playing field when it came to the implementation or application of blended or online learning. McCoubrey added it is important to note there are three components to learning is, one is education (teaching), other technology (edtech), and thirdly, humanity. Aside from access to information and resources, there is an important component that cannot be overlooked, which is mental wellness, and the soft skills that go with human interaction. In other words, going forward we need to “ensure that the balance of soft skills interacting and the human aspect of teaching and learning is also maintained.”
Myles Theis explained the realities that were revealed during Covid-19, “We quickly saw that it takes a lot more than just pieces of technology in order to be able to really create this successful learning experience, bring people in, pull them through a program, and then obviously help them achieve those skills, or within the original framework that we envision…from schools level, all the way through to corporate learning to higher education a lot of growing up had to be done and a lot of experimentation happened.”
“We’ve seen traditional models of teaching and learning really struggling to cope with the challenges required by the pandemic,” said Thies. Adding that “a lot of the thinking that had to take place could now inform what happens in the future.” Institutions and schools can now ask important questions such as, “Where do we spend our money? How do we actually get the greatest benefit out of the technology that we apply? And how do we redevelop the programs that we are presenting…so that they meet the needs of the relevant groups of people in those programs as well as meet the needs of all the different stakeholders.”
The panel also touched on how Covid-19 has accelerated innovation and how we’ve seen challenges met with new solutions. Most importantly, however, none of the technology adds the value it is supposed to when it is not accessible – whether through pricing or through lack of skills.
Myles Thies explains, “It is really important that tech solutions are given to teachers who have the right kind of skills to be able to apply them in the right way. And I think the leadership in those institutions, and across every single region around the world, particularly for Africa, should be enabled to understand what they’re going to do for their learners, and how to make the best use of these tools.” Dean McCoubrey agreed, “I think it’s very easy for us to get stuck in the emerging tech and the innovations. But actually, we have a problem with basic access, basic education, and inclusion. So that’s really where we are as a continent and as a country.”
Watch the full panel discussion in the recap below:
Sponsors for this event included UCT GSB, Vodacom Business, Eiffel Corp, the University of Johannesburg, Vuma, Transnational Academic Group, Lancaster University of Ghana, and Curtin University Dubai.
Johannesburg, South Africa: Covid-19 has disrupted higher education both locally and internationally. Institutions have largely had to close on-campus education, as the virulence of the pandemic halted all the normalcies of life, both socially and economically.
While there certainly are many challenges and negative impacts, innovation and the embracing of change have seen South African educators create The Invigilator – a solution that is as relevant now as it would be in the post-Covid-19 world.
The biggest shift in education has been from physical to remote or online learning and assessment. This move has thrown a massive spotlight on the inequalities amongst students, with lack of access to equipment and consistent internet connections being but a few of the challenges. Remote and online assessments have brought the integrity of academic outcomes and qualifications into question. While there are existing proctoring solutions that address some of the risks of academic dishonesty, they usually come at a high cost, high-end infrastructure requirements, yet again highlighting inequitable access to education.
The Invigilator was developed in South Africa by lecturers who recognised the challenges of infrastructural limitations and academic integrity with assessments faced in our new learning environments.
Compatible with entry-level smartphones and designed to be a low data solution, The Invigilator allows examiners to choose from a variety of photo authentication and speech recording tools, matched to the level of security required for each assessment. The Invigilator leverages Artificial Intelligence to assist examiners in verifying students’ identities and flagging suspicious activities during an assessment. The app does not require the infrastructure needs and costs of alternative solutions, nor does it need constant internet connectivity. Furthermore, it can act as an invigilator for both written and digital assessments. A student can therefore complete an assessment with access to an entry-level smartphone only. Rolled out in the second half of 2020, The Invigilator boasts a high volume of users with thousands of assessments completed.
In partnership with Eiffel Corp, an award-winning technology company specialising in digital education, training and communication, The Invigilator will be available to educational institutions as a cost-effective solution designed with educators and students in mind.
“It is always great to see innovation in challenging times. The Invigilator demonstrates how the creative nature of South Africans can see us develop solutions for the African market, and beyond. We are proud to partner with yet another solution that will see our clients realise the potential of technology in education.” Robyn Abrahams, Eiffel Corp – General Manager: Sales
For more info regarding The Invigilator app visit their website
About Eiffel Corp (PTY) Ltd: With over 20 years of experience in education and training, Eiffel Corp is a proudly South African company offering bespoke services and solutions designed to address each phase of the student lifecycle. Eiffel Corp’s expertise in optimal learning solutions guides organisations, both locally and internationally, as they prepare for tomorrow, today, by helping organisations adapt and realise the potential of technology in education.
Eiffel Corp is proud to announce another win, taking the title of Best eLearning Consultancy Firm in Africa 2020. This comes shortly after being rewarded the African Excellence Award as the Most Innovative Higher Education Technology Company of 2020.
The Small Business Awards
This recognition comes from Corporate Vision Magazine, who runs the Small Business Awards annually to identify and present small businesses who demonstrate innovative products and services, while upholding an exemplary reputation within their industry.
According to Awards Coordinator, Steven Simpson, “Small businesses and their dedicated owners form the solid foundation of our global corporate landscape, despite the trying hardships and obstacles they may incur along the path to success!”
“Each year, Corporate Vision Magazine proudly seeks out the very best that the small business community has to offer on a global basis.”
How are Winners Selected?
Corporate Vision Magazine searches across the globe to identify companies who they feel represent the “sheer determination and dedication it takes to establish, run and grow a small business successfully!”
As a company, we had absolutely no role in being nominated for this award, other than excelling at what we do. The awards are purely judged on merit, with an in-house research team who research and analyse information related to the companies they identify. Nominees do support their case with information requested.
“Being winners of the 2020 Small Business Awards and the African Excellence Awards, confirms that we are on the forefront of edtech technology and development in Africa. We are also grateful that we can contribute to solutions in EdTech, especially now when it is needed most. I wish to thank our incredible team of experts for their dedication and hard work that has awarded Eiffel Corp as a leader in edtech for 2020,” Ian Light, CEO at Eiffel Corp.
Well done to each and every team member at Eiffel Corp who has played their part in making these awards happen.
COVID-19 to change the face of digital education in Africa
Once the COVID-19 crisis is over, the face of digital education will change forever. Decision-making around providing stable and quality-driven access and productivity to support remote learning and working will be pushed to the top of the list.
So says Myles Thies, director of Digital Learning Services at Eiffel Corp, an e-earning and blended learning specialist.
One technology that will be increasingly used to support digital learning in Africa, he says, is the cloud. “We have experienced a gradual migration to cloud-based offerings over the last three years but this is now accelerating quickly due to the challenges revealed by the pandemic.”
Cloud technologies such as those provided by large players like Microsoft Azure have become a critical component of how the company rolls out, maintains and supports its technology services. Clients that had the foresight to embark on a cloud-based strategy have been the least technically affected by the current lockdown restrictions and have had far less security, availability, latency and other challenges to deal with than others, he adds.
Educational institutions are traditionally slower at making big strategic decisions as they tend to involve multiple stakeholders and have smaller budgets to play with, says Thies. Under the current situation, however, plans already in place to move to the cloud are being pushed through far more quickly and decision that affect how the students and learners access their digital learning spaces are getting major focus whereas they were only secondary considerations before.
Maturing open source
“We also see a big shift in the acceptance and application of maturing open source solutions, paired with professional support and services that we offer,” he adds. “With the traditionally more open structures prevalent in learning institutions, open source technology has enjoyed a wider acceptance. This has allowed us to provide highly customised and needs-specific solutions with minimal configuration and development for a fraction of the cost of international proprietary systems.”
This means that Eiffel Corp can service many more customers who would not consider expensive enterprise systems such a learning management system, or student management system, due to the historical costs associated with three to five-year dollar-based contracts. “Our rand-based pricing models guarantees resourcing and budgetary certainty which is critical, particularly at a time like this when exchange rates are causing sleepless nights for any institution with a foreign denominated payment.”
A lot to be done
Thies says there is still a lot to be done in Africa.
“Capable and dependable infrastructure is still lacking in places and access to information and the Internet is well below other parts of the developing world. Authorities in many African countries have only just started or are still in the early stages of enabling digital economies and strategies.”
He says pockets have emerged that are showing how fast things can be changed and caught up. “One of the great benefits of being a latecomer to the development party is that countries can apply the latest innovations without the complicated legacy of past technology and regulation.”
Speaking of how Eiffel Corp is addressing Africa’s challenges, he says, as a rule, his organisation thinks about the context in which its technology solutions are used.
“Being born and bred in Africa means we understand the challenges faced by the typical learner who encounters myriad technical and resources shortages on a daily basis. We design and implement systems that meet the needs of data-scarce environments but which are enabled to cater for rapid growth, adaptation and increasingly sophisticated levels of application as our customer and their stakeholders’ capabilities grow.”
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Guiding Organisations as They Prepare for Tomorrow
Finalists and winners for the prestigious global EdTech Awards 2020, were recently announced to a worldwide audience. This audience of educators, technologists, students, parents and policymakers all share the passion for building a better future for learners and leaders in the education and workforce sectors. We are proud to announce that Eiffel Corp, a leader in Edtech throughout Africa has been selected as a finalist in the category, ‘Edtech company setting a Trend.’
“Eiffel Corp’s position as finalist recognises our integral role in the education sector, especially in a time where EdTech has become part of a worldwide solution to continued teaching and learning during the COVID-19 crisis,” says CEO of Eiffel Corp, Ian Light.
“The EdTech Awards rewards people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners across the globe, and we are honoured to have been chosen as a finalist, being acknowledged as one of the 50 trendsetters worldwide,“ says Light.
“The finalists and winners of the 2020 Edtech Awards were narrowed from a large field of expertise who were judged based on various criteria which included pedagogical workability, efficiency and results, support, clarity, value and potential. The EdTech Awards, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a US based program, the largest of its kind, acknowledging the game changers in edtech as well as those who soon will be,” Light explains.
Eiffel Corp, a level-2 BBBEE certified company, celebrating 22 years of success across Africa, prides itself as a leader in digital learning and blended learning development. Our best-of-breed range of products and world-class strategic services empower learners, educators, trainers and faculties across Africa and the globe,” explains Light.
“We are proud to be recognised as a trend setter by Edtech Awards, who has a reputation for choosing the world’s ‘best and brightest’ as finalists for the awards annually. Being a finalist, confirms that we are on the forefront of edtech technology and development in Africa. We are also grateful that we can contribute to solutions in EdTech, especially now when it is needed most. I wish to thank our incredible team of experts for their dedication and hard work that has awarded Eiffel Corp a finalist position this year,” Light concludes.
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Could academic integrity tools be used to develop well-rounded, contributing members of society, foster academic writing and be a key teaching tool?
Q & A with Myles Thies, Director of Digital Learning Services at Eiffel Corp and Magriet De Villiers, Academic Development Coordinator at Stellenbosch University examine the question of academic integrity at higher education in South Africa.
How do we develop graduate attributes such as:
Well rounded, personally & socially accountable human beings
An enquiring mind – critical and creative problem solvers
Critical Self-Direction & drive
Dynamic & prepared professionals
MT: At such a time in our history, South Africa needs citizens who can take personal and societal transformation seriously and can read the sign of the times: information vs fake news; ethics vs corruption. Fortunately, a common trait among many young millennials is the commitment to personal causes and that address social injustices and global challenges.
According to UCT academic, Greg Boyle, ensuring academic integrity is so important it mustn’t be left to chance, but should become part of the institution’s technology policies.,In actuality, this implies that the technology and its associated policies must only form the framework around which individuals develop their efforts. If a large majority of learners are bumping up against academic integrity policies or are being stalled by the tools, it implies that programmes to address integrity are ineffectual.
The best technologies in any institution, are those that are integrated and work unseen in the background
At Stellenbosch University, for example, Turnitin (Tii), the worlds foremost academic integrity tool, could be used more widely than a fact-checker. It is usually used summatively, used as the last bar to punish a student – ‘your project just wasn’t good enough’. There is no opportunity for students to learn during the process. Generally, students submit an assignment which has a high credit weighting and there is no place to improve, unless with another assignment.
MdV: Tii could be a formative tool of teachers rather than a punishing tool.
Tii shouldn’t be a once-off for final submission, but used throughout writing and studies and reviewed with a student. The tool could help the student improve with their writing and grammar?
Many institutions, Stellenbosch University being an example, use Tii with postgraduate students as a sandbox/playpen. There is no repository, students upload their thesis, if the lecturer picks up something, they notify the student, which improves the writing process.
According to Ernest Hemmingway: “There is nothing to writing, all you do is sit down at a typewriter & bleed”.
There is dissonance in good academic writing – It’s impossible to have good post-grad writers if under-graduates are not good writers. Tii or other such tools could also foster academic writing skills.
How do we teach and measure without using NOT?
MdV: What if we address writing affirmingly rather than a negatively: Red scratches on a paper mean nothing. Facts might be correct, but the formulation might need attention.
We can give up-building critique without NOT, DON’T and still be constructively critical.
The Theology Department at Stellenbosch University embraces the positive rather than a negative starting point. Instead of so sorry I’m late, rather thank you for waiting for me.
How do you personally use Tii as a teaching and learning tool?
MdV: At SU, I am allocated one tutorial to discuss academic integrity with under-graduates students per semester. Students discuss assignment themes – what students have done in the past (anonymously) and not in such detail as to get content, but to use as an example.
Some lecturers use the tool as a sandbox, where students can submit papers prior to the deadline to identify specific problems such as language and translation.
Does Tii fall under the SU technology policy framework?
MdW: Tii has different outputs depending on the academic integrity philosophy in each department or faculty) eg theology vs arts, science and engineering. Tii recently celebrated its 1 billionth student paper submission.
Plagiarism is viewed differently in the science and engineering faculty vs the law faculty. Different faculties apply plagiarism differently. For example, in the law faculty, a student would need to cite past cases to create a precedent, this would not be plagiarism.
SU is positioned as a research institution and this impacts how academic integrity is reviewed. Other institutions focus on under-graduates or TVET students.
Join us on the 27th of August at 14:00 as Magriet discusses Academic Integrity in 2020.
Magriet will address the important questions of “What is Academic Integrity?” And how things have changed in terms of academic misconduct, specifically in the COVID-19 context of more online and less face-to-face teaching.
Eiffel Corp, one of Africa’s leading digital education companies, believes that gaining and building the trust of their educators and institutions in delivering world-class education to students, is the reason they have been successful over the past 22 years having expanded their services across Africa and abroad.
Founders Andre and Gwen Van der Merwe are both passionate about education and extremely proud to have been at the forefront of popularising learning technology in universities throughout Africa. Their pioneering spirit has enabled Eiffel Corp to the level of an industry leader and a respected contributor to digital education innovation.
According to CEO Ian Light, Eiffel Corp attributes their success to the ability, throughout their journey, to gain and build the trust of customers whilst assisting them to maximise the use and value of their tech investment.
“At Eiffel Corp, we are fanatical about investing in human capital at university level, in fact, our approach is advising universities to spend less on flashy expensive tech and more on professional development for their staff as well as solutions that have lasting value and applicable outcomes,” says Light. Fit-for-purpose LMS’s (Learning Management Systems) have been a success in the African arena as a functioning and contextualised platform that help universities offer many more learners’ access to quality education even with challenges in place. Eiffel Corp’s systems and approach have helped thousands of learners reach their learning potential to date and they aim to do everything possible to increase access and quality with every new partner and community they work in.
Light explains that Africa has significantly more challenges to overcome than other parts of the world as the socio-economic and political landscape in Africa is very different, which consequently affects factors such as access to education, infrastructure and funding. Creating access to learning through traditional education facilities i.e. bricks and mortar, has been an ongoing challenge to many governments and providers across Africa. Resources and access to funding have always been and will continue to be a challenge for African universities. This also provides an opportunity to innovate as only Africans can and in this lies a real opportunity to thrive,” said Light.
Stefan du Plessis, Chief Commercial Officer at Eiffel Corp, goes on to explain that Eiffel Corp’s focus is innovation, not invention and understands that it is impossible for one organisation to solve learners and partners problems on their own. “Apart from our own research and development, we keep abreast of the latest digital developments across various sectors and continuously explore how we can leverage these to address partner challenges,” says Du Plessis. “EdTech is definitely working in Africa and although there are numerous obstacles, African organisations have come up with some of the most innovative solutions to resolve the challenges. Our educational institutions have been at the forefront of digital adoption for many years. With the next level of unprecedented global growth to come from this continent; it is important that we understand that organisations invest in EdTech solutions to make quality education accessible and impactful to everyone. Eiffel Corp has the experience to deliver fit for purpose EdTech solutions across our continent and that is why we are successful,” Du Plessis added.
Eiffel Corp Director of Digital Learning Services, Myles Thies says there is still a lot to be done throughout Africa. According to Thies, capable and dependable infrastructure is still lacking in places and access to information and the internet is well below other parts of the developing world. Additionally, authorities in many African countries have only just started or are still in the early stages of enabling digital economies and strategies. “Pockets have emerged that are showing how fast things can be changed and caught up. One of the great benefits of being a latecomer to the development party is that countries can apply the latest innovations without the complicated legacy of past technology and regulation,” said Thies. “Additionally, demographically, according to The World Economic Forum, Africa has the fastest growing and youngest population in the world which puts it at the forefront of growth potential ahead of everyone else. Leveraging these advantages, Africa can build its own digital future both quickly and sustainably,” Thies explained.
“The difference between achieving success or not will depend on leadership and consistently sound decision making over time to support that digital future. Africa needs strong democratic principles at every level of society, founded on established rights and principles, so that all individuals are enabled and free to contribute in their small way to that future,” Thies commented.
Light says he would like to see Eiffel Corp continue their mission to improve education throughout Africa. “We are proudly African, and we would like to continue working alongside our African compatriots and colleagues to ensure they achieve the best possible outcomes for their investments with fit for purpose technology, training, innovation and local support”, says Light.
“We have come to realise over the past few years that the big international corporates often have impressive sales and marketing messages, but they do not carry the experience, relationships or local knowledge needed in our African market. We believe the time has come for African based organisations to collaborate and support our local institutions with the best available technology pioneered right here in South Africa. Africa has the skills and expertise required, institutions no longer need to look at expensive foreign technology,” he concluded.
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